Lorraine Hansberry News

Date Of Birth:
May 19, 1930
Date Of Death:
January 12, 1965 (34)
Birth Place:
Chicago, IL, USA
Gender:
Female
Tony Winners Kenny Leon and Phylicia Rashad to Star in SAME TIME NEXT YEAR at Atlanta's True Colors Theatre, 7/8-8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

True Colors Theatre will present SAME TIME NEXT YEAR, running July 8 - August 3, 2014 at the Southwest Arts Center. Written by Bernard Slade and directed by Chris Coleman, the production will star Tony winners Kenny Leon and Phylicia Rashad. (more...)

Ethan McSweeny to Direct Chautauqua Theater Company's A RAISIN IN THE SUN, 6/28-7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Vivienne Benesch Artistic Director and Sarah Clare CorporandyManaging Director, presents Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning classic A Raisin in the Sun, directed by CTC Resident Director Ethan McSweeny(CTC's The Glass Menagerie, Broadway's A Time to Kill), June 28 through July 6 on the Bratton Stage. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 6/14-6/15/2014
by - Jun 15, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, June 15, 2014 - Sunday, June 15, 2014. (more...)

Tony-Winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN Closes Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2014

Broadway's critically acclaimed production of Denzel Washington in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun closes tonight at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It was directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon and originally opened on April 3 for a limited engagement. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: In Case You Missed It- Theater Talk's Tribute to Ruby Dee
by Stage Tube - Jun 13, 2014

In tribute to actress Ruby Dee, Theater Talk presents an encore episode featuring their 2002 interview with Ms. Dee and her husband, actor Ossie Davis, along with Philip Rose, the original producer of A Raisin in the Sun. The trio discuss the early days of bringing Lorraine Hansberry's classic play to the stage. Ms Dee created the role of Lena Younger, the same part that won Sophie Okonedo a 2014 Tony Award, last Sunday. (more...)

THEATER TALK Presents a Tribute to Ruby Dee, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

In tribute to actress Ruby Dee, Theater Talk presents an encore episode featuring their 2002 interview with Ms. Dee and her husband, actor Ossie Davis, along with Philip Rose, the original producer of A Raisin in the Sun. The trio discuss the early days of bringing Lorraine Hansberry's classic play to the stage. Ms Dee created the role of Lena Younger, the same part that won Sophie Okonedo a 2014 Tony Award, last Sunday. (more...)

In Honor of Ruby Dee, CUNY TV Presents Two Encore Interviews, Begins 6/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

In tribute to the late actress/activist Ruby Dee, who died today (6/12), CUNY TV will present encores of two vintage interviews. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 11th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 11, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's our annual Regional Summer Musical Theater Guide, featuring the best summer theaters in Illinois, Wisconsin, western Michigan and northern Indiana, plus the Muny in St. Louis! Timber Lake, American Folklore, Mason Street, Wagon Wheel, Little Theatre On The Square and more! (more...)

Tony-Winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN Revival Recoups on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Broadway's critically acclaimed production of Denzel Washington in Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN is celebrating a big week. Not only did it take home three 2014 Tony Awards (Best Revival of a Play, Best Director of a Play -- Kenny Leon, and Best Featured Actress in a Play -- Sophie Okonedo) on Sunday night, it has also recouped its entire capitalization. The production, which began previews Saturday, March 8, officially opened on Thursday, April 3 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47 Street), where it will end its limited engagement run this Sunday, June 15. (more...)

BWW TV: A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Kenny Leon on Taking the Tony for Best Direction of a Play
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 08, 2014

As announced earlier this evening, A Raisin in the Sun's Kenny Leon has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge was in the press room to catch up with the winner on what the award means to him - hear what Leon had to say below! As announced earlier this evening, A Raisin in the Sun's Kenny Leon has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge was in the press room to catch up with the winner on what the award means to him - hear what Leon had to say below! (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Wins 2014 Tony for Best Revival of a Play
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 08, 2014

A RAISIN IN THE SUN has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Set on Chicago's South Side, A Raisin in the Sun revolved around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Denzel Washington), his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and matriarch Lena, called Mama (LaTanya Richardson Jackson). (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Sophie Okonedo Wins Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 08, 2014

Sophie Okonedo has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for A RAISIN IN THE SUN. This is Sophie Okonedo's first Tony nomination and her Broadway debut. She starred as Cressida in the National Theatre's Troilus and Cressida (1999). Okonedo was nominated for an Academy Award for Hotel Rwanda in 2004 and a Golden Globe for Tsunami: The Aftermath in 2006. (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Kenny Leon Wins Tony for Best Direction of a Play
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 08, 2014

A Raisin in the Sun's Kenny Leon has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. Kenny Leon's Broadway credits include August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean (five Tony nominations) and the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun, both featuring Phylicia Rashad; for the latter, he earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play. Other directing credits include the Off-Broadway hit Emergence-See featuring Daniel Beaty, Blues for an Alabama Sky, and From the Mississippi Delta (Huntington Theatre). (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Anika Noni Rose Talks Denzel & More on Next 'Katie'
by TV News Desk - Jun 05, 2014

On Friday's 'Katie,' Tony-nominated actress Anika Noni Rose stops by to talk about her career and shares behind-the-scenes stories of working with the cast of 'A Raisin In The Sun.' (more...)

Alvin Ailey Sets Special Opening and Four Dynamic Programs for Lincoln Center Season, 6/11-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2014

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies, will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with four different programs for a 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 11 - 22, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Better Living Through Electricity: A Stimulating VIBRATOR PLAY at the MET
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jun 02, 2014

It is about sex, but mostly because that is where love starts. The effect is orgasm, of course, but it is also the breaking down of walls. As the barriers finally fall, the mood turns lyrical, and the action ends with a kind of latter-day echo of the wedding dance that would often finish a Shakespeare comedy. (more...)

San Francisco Mime Troupe to Present RIPPLE EFFECT at Bay Area Parks, 7/4-9/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 02, 2014

Skyrocketing rents. Loss of diversity. Evictions, Google Glass wearing nouveau riche, The War on the Poor. What is The City coming to? The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT) opens its 55th season with RIPPLE EFFECT, a musical comedic tale of intersecting lives and cultures that reflect the familiar neighborhood tensions that are polarizing San Franciscans today. (more...)

Photo Flash: Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray Visit A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 02, 2014

On Friday night, May 30, Mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife First Lady Chirlane McCray saw A Raisin in the Sun and headed backstage at intermission to take photos with the company. Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Scroll down for a look at the couple with the cast! (more...)

BWW Crash Course: Your Study Guide to the Tony Nominated Plays
by Matt Tamanini - Jun 02, 2014

Look, we get it, whether due to budget or geography, you didn't see every show of the Broadway season, but that doesn't mean you can't be fully up-to-date for this Sunday's Tony Awards. To help get you prepared for the theatre's biggest night, BroadwayWorld has put together the ultimate Tonys Crash Course. We've outlined all of the shows nominated in the Best Play and Best Revival of a Play categories, and provided you 'study materials' as only BWW can, by mining our one-of-a-kind archives. (more...)

Photo Flash: Julianne Moore Toasts Tony Nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson!
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Yesterday Julianne Moore hosted an afternoon tea in honor of Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson, currently starring as Lena Younger in A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Held at Lady Mendl's at the Inn at Irving Place, an impressive group of women from theatre, film and television, including LaTanya's fellow Tony nominated costars Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose, gathered to salute LaTanya. Although she was unable to attend, First Lady Michelle Obama did send a note which was read aloud by Julianne Moore after Ms. Moore made a toast to LaTanya. Samuel L. Jackson and Bart Freundlich crashed the party to enjoy the afternoon with their wives. (more...)

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